Charles Dhanaraj
Charles Dhanaraj
Strategic Management
  • Titles & RolesExecutive Director, Translational Research Center


Dr. Charles Dhanaraj joins the Fox School as the H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest Professor of Strategy. He will also serve as the Founding Executive Director of Fox’s Center for Translational Research in Business, and Executive Director of the Fox School’s Executive Doctorate in Business Administration program.

An award-winning researcher and educator, Dhanaraj arrives at the Fox School from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he served as professor of strategy. He also has held academic appointments at Indiana University at Bloomington and Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. He also served as a Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Dhanaraj’s specialization includes strategic partnerships, global innovation, and emerging markets. He published several high-impact articles and award-winning cases. In 2017, he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), a distinction held by elite researchers for outstanding contributions to scholarly development in international business. He serves as vice president for the AIB and deputy editor of Cross Cultural and Strategy Management, as well as a member on the editorial boards of six major journals.

As an engineer, Dhanaraj worked with the Tata Robins Fraser, Ltd and Kaveri Engineering Industries Ltd. in India and the Center for Cold Ocean Resource Engineering (C-CORE) Inc. in Canada prior to his doctoral studies.

He received a PhD in International Strategy from University of Western Ontario in Canada. He also earned a MBA from the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and a Master of Engineering in Robotics from the memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s Canada. He also studied at the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, where he earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering.